Vona Groarke was born in Co. Longford in 1964. Her poetry collections, published by The Gallery Press, include Shale, Other People’s Houses, Flight (which was shortlisted for the Forward Prize and won the Michael Hartnett Award), Juniper Street and, most recently, Spindrift which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Autumn 2009 and was shortlisted for the Irish Times Poetry Prize in 2010. Her version of Eibhín Dubh Ní Chonaill’s classic eighteenth century Irish poem was published in 2008 as Lament for Art O’Leary.
Vona Groarke has taught at Villanova University and Wake Forest University in the U.S and currently teaches in the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester.
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